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Poonam Sarkar, PhD


Texas Medical Center

Cancer and Hematology
Phone: 832-824-0241


1102 Bates Ave., Ste. C.0200.02
Houston, TX 77030

Poonam Sarkar, PhD

Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru Post-doctoral Fellow 1996
D.A. University, Indore PhD Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry 1994
D.A. University, Indore Masters Master of Science, Biochemistry 1988
D.A. University, Indore Bachelors Bachelor of Science, Biology 1986


Organization Name Role
American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Member
Radiation Research Society (RRS) Member
Society of Toxicology (SOT) Member

Research Statement

Dr. Poonam Sarkar's current work is focused on preclinical imaging and developing new imaging methods with a focus on cancer research and cardiac function. She is trained as a biochemist and cell and molecular biologist. She joined Department of Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in 2014. She uses her experience and knowledge from the different fields of biomedical research to design complex molecular imaging projects and help investigators achieve their scientific objectives.

Dr. Sarkar is responsible for imaging and analyzing data from PET/SPECT/CT, and ultrasounds for investigators. She trains users on various modalities, such as: ultrasound, irradiator, fluorescence microscope and optical imaging. Dr. Sarkar’s basic training in biochemistry helped her to establish radio-labeling of proteins/peptides and antibody for PET and SPECT imaging.

Prior to joining Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Sarkar extensively contributed her research in understanding the toxicology of Acrolein and Dioxin. She also studied activation of telomerase in Dioxin toxicity. Other landmark contributions of her work involves the effects of microgravity on the brain proteome in collaboration with researchers from NASA.

Selected Publications

Awards & Honors

1992     B.S. Narasinga Rao Best Poster award, Society of Biological Chemists, India
2000     International fellowship award, Japan Science and Technology Agency (STA)
2013     First place for best oral presentation, Texas Southern University
2012     First place for best oral presentation, Texas Southern University
2010     First place for best oral presentation, Texas Southern University
2009     First place for best poster presentation, Texas Southern University



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